ARN - Ansteorran Queen's Champion (was Re: RN- Fighting indoors

Travis Walker travis.walker at
Wed May 31 08:32:31 PDT 2000

Mine may not be worth much, but here it is.  I fought all day Saturday
at Steppes in the heat, ended up fighting over thirty fights in the
schlager tournament, then came out Sunday
afternoon and fought all day.

I watched myself closely for dehydration and/or heat exhaustion.  I kept
fluids in before during and after fighting both days.  At the end of the
tournament Sunday, I felt just as good as before the tournament

I think it is up to the individual to police themselves when in the

The thought of fighting indoors kinda ruins the whole period idea of
rapier fighting out on a list for the honor of your Queen.  If we have
to move it indoors we need to scrap the boots and wear sneakers.  While
were at it, lets just scrap all that garb stuff just wear sweats and a
fencing jacket.  You know if we limit the list fields to about 4ft wide,
we could get a lot more in there too.  Then we could have us a good ol'
fencing tournament.

I know I am being sarcastic, but I could have joined a fencing club at
any time.  I chose the SCA for the atmosphere, not the comfort.

Sorry to have wasted your time.

Ld. Edward Mercer
Cadet to Don Alden
HRM Rapier Guard.

Donald Riney wrote:

> I must disagree that holding this tournament outdoors, would 'guarantee'
> heat injuries on and off the field. At the Kings Champion/Kingdom Warlord
> tourney of Barn I we had ambient temperatures of 110-115 with heat index of
> up to 130 we had possibly fewer heat injuries and problems than at cooler
> events I have attended.
> The only thing that will guarantee heat Prostration is failing to care for
> oneself and take proper precautions in exceptionally hot weather. The one
> semi severe heat injury we had was due to the individual not eating all day.
> I do agree with the point of conditioning. It would be nice to know in
> advance if we are inside or out so those fighters planing to attend can
> prepare and practice accordingly.
> In service
> HL Darius of the Bells
> >From: Theron Bretz <tbretz at>
> <snip>
> >On the other hand, fighting outdoors at the Canton site in July will
> >guarantee cases of heat prostration or worse.  It's just that simple.  In
> >such cases (I speak from personal experience here - lots of personal
> >experience), the victim's event is effectively over.  Proper recovery from
> >heat prostration takes several hours, longer still if the victim can't
> >completely get away from the heat during the recovery period.
> >
> >Consider this:  the the majority of Ansteorran fencers get in their primary
> >practice time at night (Steppes, Stargate/Loch Sollier, Bryn Gwlad, and
> >Bjornsborg all predominantly practice this way).  As a result, there is a
> >definite lack of the sort of conditioning needed to stand up to the sort of
> >day we can be almost guaranteed at Queens.  Having lived through the
> >swelter
> >that was Alisha's second tournament, I swore never to put myself at that
> >sort of risk again (and I did pretty well that day, health-wise).
> >
> <snip>
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